Woman injured when car struck by Amtrak train in Riverside

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An outbound Amtrak passenger train struck a vehicle near Harlem Ave in Riverside Thursday afternoon, injuring a woman trapped on the tracks in her vehicle.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m.

Riverside police say the woman was driving southbound on Harlem and became stuck in traffic on the tracks as the crossing gates came down on her vehicle.

The Amtrak train struck the front of her car.

She was taken to a hospital in Berwyn with non-life threatening injuries.

A dog that was in her car was not injured.


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  • Riverside Resident

    Not necessarily stupidity. There are multiple lights by these tracks and people weaving back and forth. It could look like you have room to clear the tracks – and then someone cuts in front of you, even after the tracks, gets stopped by a light (which there is one *right after* the RR tracks) and then you can be stopped on these tracks.

    It's a tricky intersection. And combined with jerk drivers? Forget it. It's a very dangerous intersection. Of multiple lights, no turn lanes (= left turners and those behind them blocking the left lane) plus the RR crossing.

    It's a dangerous mess.

  • Ghost

    Fine her $10,000 maybe next time she will stop before crossing the tracks, when the train is coming. And the insurance is not to pay the fine only the driver.